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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Photo: Ruben Henriquez

I have said on many occasions that there is nothing in the world that compares to an Uptown summer. Uptown summers are magical, memorable and magnificent creatures. A summer Uptown is its own entity, embodied with self-generating electricity, noise and presence. Certain Uptown summers leave an indelible imprint on your memory. They become the stuff of legend. This summer will go down in history as one such year and the Uptown Collective was there to capture, document and broadcast that kinetic dynamism for the world to see, hear and feel. So here it is, with fall seductively whispering into our ears, the Uptown Collective’s Summer 2011 retrospective.

The summer began with a bang, with the 40 Oz Bounce that didn’t happen but kind of did with thousands of people showing up from across the city and 40 OZ Van even managing to shut down mass transit. Nothing says an Uptown summer like a 40 Oz Bounce event. Check out our treasure trove of them: More Pics From 40 Oz Bounce 2011, 40 Oz NYC X Atmos , 40 Oz Bounce – Dyckman Fields & 40 Oz Bounce Gone Loko.

Summer Uptown means the Uptown Arts Stroll brought to you by the good folks at NoMaa and the Manhattan Times. Being that the Uptown Collective was an official partner this year, we were there to cover it like no one else. A big shout out is in order to the Bago Bunch and the People’s Theater Project for helping to make this the best Uptown Arts Stroll ever.

Uptown Arts Stroll Kick-Off Reception. Photo: Art By Dj Boy

The one and only Briana E. Heard was there to capture this year’s Hike the Heights.

Photo: Briana E. Heard

We also took a trip to DR with Rainey Skates who provided an exclusive behind the scenes look at the Palo Mamajuana Tea operation.

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SEED
A New Play by Radha Blank
Directed by Niegel Smith

Burnt-out social worker Anne Colleen Simpson decides to leave the field on a high note, with a book detailing her career, but when Chee-Chee, a gifted twelve-year-old from the ‘projects’ collides into her life, she’s forced to confront his young mother and the shadows of her past. Anne and Chee-Chee develop an unlikely friendship that leads to an explosive encounter threatening both their futures.

Infused with the vibrant rhythm and verse of Hip-Hop culture, Seed weaves through the fault lines of a gentrified Harlem, begging the question: How far are you willing to go to protect the future of a community and its children?

“The questions this play asks about race, social status, education, and family make it an important piece of theater.” -BACKSTAGE CRITIC’S PICK

“This masterpiece of theater explores, challenges, and provokes us to take some action” -NYTHEATER.COM

“the play illuminates the role of race, class, religion, the meaning of friendship and the breakdown of the nuclear family within the urban Black community in a realistic and insightful…manner.” -DOMINION OF NEW YORK

Site: http://seedtheplay.com/

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The good folks at Palo and Brooklyn-based boutique, Fresthetic, are offering 4 lucky fans the chance to score $25 gift certificates and a FREE case of tea.

To enter just go to Palo’s Facebook Page Facebook.com/DRINKPALO and answer: “What does FRESH mean to you?” The 4 best answers win!

Winners will be announced September 6th.

For those that don’t know, Palo is a Natural Vitality Tea that provides sustained energy and balance without caffeine. Palo is brewed from Mamajuana, a blend of healthy roots and herbs, which are traditionally prepared as tea and drank for vitality in the Dominican Republic and the surrounding Greater Antilles by the indigenous people.

Located at 552 Grand Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, Fresthetic is a space that plays home to what many artists, designers and writers have been doing for years. A collaboration of 3 personalities, it shares one goal- to bring art, clothing and products to a community that is closely holding on to its roots, and rightly so.

The music is simple, the music is ours, the space is vibrantly urban-loft-comfort and cleverly stocked. The store features silk screened T-shirts and accessories for men and women along with art from artists that you may not have heard of, but need to know. You’ll always stumble upon unique things-each with a great story. Who knows, maybe you’ll walk in and be apart of the story.

Join Fresthetic for a confident shopping experience that truly supports a community and a purpose.

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BY Rainey Skates (@raineyskates)

Photography by Art By Dj Boy (@DjboyNYC)

While thunder and heavy rainfall might have been enough to slow down traffic on the actual George Washington Bridge, it certainly wasn’t the case for the fans and local supporters that came out to the world premiere of the GWB movie last week. Despite things being wet and gloomy on the infamous 42nd Street strip, it was all smiles and camera flashes on the red carpet of the AMC 25 Cinema, one of the more prominent venues that played host to this year’s New York Latino Film Festival. Right before playing for the packed house, GWB’s director, Jonathan Ullman, had a few choice words to share about what went into making the film – mainly that it was about a place that had a lot of character and community – a place where he, a Washington Heights-import, and others like him, were thriving and “doing their own thing.” The humble words spoke volumes as the anxious crowd of cast members, family members, and friends alike all awaited the premiere of their movie as if it were a newborn. Then it was show time! An hour and some change later and the “baby” had arrived complete with all the tension, laughter, cheering, and emotions that come attached with any delivery. And you could read it on all of their faces, after months of working and waiting, team GWB had finally become a proud parent! Congratulations.

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

If you know where to go uptown, you can get totally shit-faced for a mere $10. I’m not talking about happy hour at any of the many excellent bars, pubs and lounges of the neighborhood. No, I am talking about the elusive and enigmatic elixir known to the locals as the NUTCRACKER. This is the story of this storied concoction. Many fights have started, many babies have been made and plenty of people have gotten completely and utterly twisted – all because of this mysterious libation. This column will not only reveal the ingredients of the drink but also tell the tale of the person who first brought this potent potion to the streets of Washington Heights and beyond.

Photo Credit: Rafael Jimenez | R2 Studios

The first time I tried a Nutcracker was back in the year 2000 when my barber, who will be referred to as Fatyul (pronounced fa tuile) to avoid any legal ramifications, offered me one as she cut my hair. Ever the entrepreneur, Fatyul decided to sell the mixed drinks on the side after noticing how well they sold at the Flor de Mayo restaurant on 83rd street and Amsterdam. After obtaining the recipe she began to sell them out of a cooler she kept next to her barber chair. For a paltry 10 bucks you received a heaping 32 ounces of alcohol laced goodness in a large plastic soup container. My haircut that day took longer than usual because almost every other minute someone was stopping in to buy more of her modern day moonshine. I couldn’t care less though as I was mid way through my Nutcracker and I was feeling euphoric. I ended up having 2 more Nutcrackers and needless to say I wound up whispering sweet nothings to the toilet bowl later on that night.

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